Silvery Checkerspot

by Carl Strang

Last week was the final session of the Roger Raccoon Club for the year. We always camp at Waterfall Glen.

Getting the tents up is the first challenge.

For lunch, the kids roast hot dogs.

A butterfly showed up at lunch time, landing on the kids to their delight, and then shifting to a water container.

At first glance it resembled the pearl crescent, a familiar species, but it was bigger and had a broad black edge to its wings.

Fortunately it also posed with wings closed.

The undersides of the wings also were subtly unlike those of pearl crescents.

We saw a number of these butterflies around the campground, which is in an area of open woodland culled of buckthorn and honeysuckle brush a few years ago. The photos allowed me to identify them as silvery checkerspots. Their larval diet includes a variety of composite genera well represented in the area.

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